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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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Amazing Place

Took my 5 year old grandson on a Sunday afternoon. He loves this place, especially the water... read more

Reviewed January 14, 2019
Ann Arbor, MI
Great museum, bring extra clothes

Lots of different exhibits, and a great area for kids under 4 with a climb-on structure with a ball... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2018
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Everyone gets creative in this interactive science and technology museum, featuring engaging exhibits in subjects like psychology, the media and health.
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220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1445
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Reviewed January 14, 2019

Took my 5 year old grandson on a Sunday afternoon. He loves this place, especially the water gallery, A big room full of playing in water! It's great they have hand dryers on the wall. We were able to dry his shirt! He liked the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Lots of different exhibits, and a great area for kids under 4 with a climb-on structure with a ball track. Bring extra clothes because the main water table is splashy and your kids won’t want to leave

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

I can see how some kids would love this place, but they need to enjoy science if they are older (8 and up). Be prepared to “play” and do every exhibit with your child. If you’re not a hands on parents with place is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank happywhilewaiting76
Reviewed November 16, 2018

The museum has a small free parking lot. It is more of a discovery center than a museum as it has numerous hands-on activities for participation. There are 4 floors of activities although the top 2 are quite small. The staff is friendly and helpful....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ransom007
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Kids love going here. Always something new/fun for them to do. You can easily spend a few hours here with the family. Entertaining for the parents too, so a win/win.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JMT2424
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We took our 13 year old grandson here last fall and we all had a great time. My wife and I were very interested in all the exhibits. We will be going back again soon.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank RobbynMarie
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Very pricey if you aren't a member. So if you don't live close to return often it is a very pricey deal. The kids enjoyed the morning there until a school dropped in with a herd of kids and then it was chaos. Perhaps they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

I bought the grandparent annual pass so that I can take all the grandkids when they visit - makes it much more economical. This is a great place for kids about 10 and under. All 5 of my younger grandchildren loved it - even the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

I love bringing my kids here! They have something fun for every age. The staff are friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jjessyy
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Our 4 and 7 year olds had a blast here! The preschool area was fun for the 4 year old and the media exhibit upstairs was great for the 7 year old. Spent a good 3 hours here. Park in the parking garage at Washington/Fourth....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Alan B
August 18, 2018|
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Response from ericpB2062UR | Reviewed this property |
Two hours per visit is about right. The more you go, the more your little one will explore and discover. Our grandson is a two year six month old toddler. We've been taking him there from the time he could walk. Like us... More
Pete K
May 26, 2017|
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Response from Connie P | Reviewed this property |
Try the Washington/4th structure first choice or Ann/Ashley next they are a short walk; and the kids can alway use more exercise. .and "build up" the excitement about the museum.
September 30, 2015|
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Response from Carrie C | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. It is a great place for 2-7 years old and you will find yourself returning for more.
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Weekend getaway with toddler? (7 Replies)
Looking to get away for a weekend with our 3 year old son. Is Ann Arbor a good place? It's about 2 hours driving from us. We thought we'd wander around, check out the Hands On Museum, get some good food, and find a nice hotel with a pool (ideally outdoor) to splash around in. Would the town suit our needs or is there not much to do really other than the museum? Can anyone recommend a good hotel? Thanks!
July 08, 2014|
Response fromluv2snorkel61|
I can't think of any hotels that have an outdoor pool (doesn't mean there aren't any, but I'm not thinking of them). The pool area at Weber's Inn is nice--an atrium and you can get a room that opens right into the pool. Ann Arbor has a couple great outdoor pools run by the city. Fuller Park pool has a shallow toddler area. I can't remember if the pool at Veteran's park has a shallow area or not.